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Teen seriously injured in boating accident

A Vernon teenager suffered serious life-threatening injuries in a boating accident on Okanagan Lake Saturday.

Shortly after 6 p.m., a family and other friends were boating on the north arm of the lake, and were pulling tubers.

One of the friends, a 14-year-old boy, fell off the tube.

“As the boat operator, an adult woman, circled around, she ran over the teen in the water,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Neil Hogg. “The teen was struck by the propeller and suffered multiple life-threatening injuries to his head, arms and legs.”

The teen was pulled from the water and was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital.

He was listed in critical but stable condition as of Monday.

Alcohol is not a factor in the accident, which is being investigated by the RCMP and Transport Canada.

 

 

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